Oral Communication Accent, Liaisons, and Nonverbals Quiz

Oral Communication (Accent, Liaisons, and Nonverbals) Quiz. You can use these items for your short formative test after a classroom discussion. Answers are already highlighted.

  1. Which of the following does NOT constitute a proper speaking stance?
    • standing straight but not rigid
    • keeping knees straight but not locked.
    • leaning backward just a little    
    • keeping feet apart, one slightly ahead of the other
  2. Why should a speaker make lateral movements during his speech presentation?
    • to support and reinforce what he says
    • to attract his audience’s attention
    • to relieve physical tension
    • all of the above
  3. Which of these is not a major component of accent?
    • intonation
    • pronunciation
    • liaisons
    • pitch
  4. Which of the following is the American production of the phrase ‘my name is’ when liaison is applied?
    • [mai nai mis]
    • [mainai miss]
    • [mai naymiz]
    • [mainaymeez]
  5. In public speaking, if the speaker uses a tone full of cheerfulness, the audience may feel:
    • insincere
    • appreciated
    • motivated
    • bored
  6. Which is not a component of stress?
    • intensity or volume
    • pitch
    • duration
    • liaison
  7. Which syllable in the word ‘submission’ is stressed?
    • first
    • third
    • second
    • fourth
  8. In what syllable do intensive-reflexive pronouns receive the heavier stress?
    • first
    • third
    • second
    • fourth
  9. What are prompting gestures?
    • They indicate earnestness and conviction.
    • These gestures serve as symbols of ideas and emotions.
    • They clarify or enhance verbal messages.
    • They help evoke desired responses from the audience.
  10. Which of these does NOT describe a purposeful movement during a speech?
    • delivering part of the speech from one spot, and moving laterally to imply transition
    • swaying arms from side to side to relieve tension
    • stepping backward to indicate conclusion
    • leading the movement with the foot nearest the destination when changing position
  11. Which of these is an example of a prompting gesture?
    • nodding the head to indicate agreement
    • applauding to elicit the same action from the audience
    • pointing to the right or left to show location
    • smiling to express happiness
  12. Which head movement does NOT show off sadness?
    • widening the eyes
    • lowering the eyelids
    • bowing the head
    • slightly turning down the mouth
  13. What are suggestive gestures?
    • They help the speaker create a desired mood or express a particular thought.
    • They help the audience visualize dimensions.
    • They help evoke actions or responses from the audience.
    • They indicate earnestness and conviction.
  14. Which of these does NOT suggest a good practice in establishing rapport with the audience?
    • monitoring visual feedback from the audience
    • looking directly at one person until finishing with the thought
    • making random eye contacts.
    • looking at someone from the audience for a long time
  15. What is the most crucial part of every speech presentation?
    • the first minute, especially if the speaker is not well-known to the audience
    • the last minute or the concluding part of the presentation
    • the transition from the introduction to the first point
    • the question-and-answer portion
  16. How can a speaker overcome a tongue-twisted speech?
    • by rubbing hands together under the lectern
    • by seeking out friendly faces and eye-connect with them
    • by varying body language and movements
    • by slowing down and pausing between words and sentences
  17. What is the best way to overcome stage fright and stage anxiety?
    • Know the audience and the place.
    • Thoroughly prepare and know the subject.
    • Visualize a successful presentation.
    • Gain experience.
  18. Which universal gesture is characterized by exposed palms, hunched shoulders, and raised brow?
    • raised steeple gesture
    • shoulder-shrug gesture
    • standard arm-cross gesture
    • arm-gripping gesture
  19. What does a head tilted to one side show?
    • a neutral attitude towards what is heard
    • a developing interest with the idea
    • a judgmental attitude
    • a suspicious frame of mind
  20. Which of these communication situations takes place with the use of an illustrator?
    • A friend says “I am sorry,” and at the same time makes a sincerely sad face.
    • A friend nods his head to answer the question rather than saying “yes.”
    • While telling a story, a friend pauses for few seconds to allow a room for imagination.
    • A friend speaks with high pitch to express anger.
  21. Which of these statements define haptics as a component of non-verbal communication?
    • It is the use of touching as a way of expressing a tremendous range of feelings.
    • It is the study of how eyes and eye movements communicate.
    • It is the use of physical objects as extensions of oneself.
    • It is the use of looks and gestures to reinforce verbal messages.
  22. What is paralanguage?
    • It is a pattern of interruption of something that might otherwise continue undisturbed.
    • It is a set of extra-linguistic elements or optional vocal effects that accompany or modify the phonemes of an utterance.
    • It is a set of non-verbal cues that represent abstractions on a personal level.
    • It is the use of space or distance for the purpose of communication.
  23. Which of these statements INCORRECTLY defines non-verbal communication?
    • It includes oral and non-oral messages expressed by other than linguistic means.
    • It involves messages transmitted by vocal means that do not involve language.
    • It entails sign languages and written words.
    • It is the use of body language and extra-linguistic elements.
  24. Which of the following does NOT constitute paralanguage?
    • the highness or lowness of voice
    • the loudness or softness of sound
    • the fastness or slowness of speaking
    • the clearness or dullness of facial expressions
  25. Which statement about language grammar and accent is INCORRECT?
    • Grammar is systematic and structured.
    • Grammar is the spirit of the language.
    • Accent is free form.
    • Accent is intuitive and creative.